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Annual Parking Report 2020 to 2021

Foreword

This Annual Car Parking report summarises the parking and traffic enforcement activities conducted by the Council during the financial year 2020 to 2021. The Council continues to operate parking enforcement under the Traffic Management Act 2004, ensuring parking services operates to support businesses, shoppers, residents and visitors to the Borough in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Parking facilities are vital for people coming to Stockton to work, study, visit and support economic growth. Parking controls assist in making our roads safe, minimising congestion, ensuring free-flowing traffic conditions and encouraging people to visit Stockton more regularly whilst balancing the needs of businesses, residents, visitors and blue badge holders. 

The visible presence of Civic Enforcement Officers (CEO's) is the primary means of achieving compliance with parking regulations. This report provides an overview of what, why and how parking services are undertaken in Stockton.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our town centre and high street parking with Government guidance to work from home and many businesses closed. This has had a significant impact on car parking budgets for the financial year 2020 to 2021 with a reduction in pay and display income as well as the number of Penalty Charge Notices issued.

Through Tees Valley Combined Authority funding, 3 hours free parking was introduced in short stay car parks in Stockton and Yarm in January 2021. This is to make it easier, cheaper and more convenient for people to support their town centres and high streets.

If you have any questions or comments about the Annual Report or the Car Parking service in general please let us know by contacting us at carparking@stockton.gov.uk or visit the website at Car parking webpage.